Lightbulb "green"house

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Introduction: Lightbulb "green"house

The incandescent light bulb is the ultimate symbol of wasted energy. Since I don't use them anymore I wanted to transform them into something green instead of throwing them away.
This project was inspired by an ad I saw in the June 08 edition of Popular Science.

WARNING:
THIS INSTRUCTABLE REQUIRES THE USE OF DANGEROUS TOOLS AND SHARP GLASS. I ACCEPT NO LIABILITY FOR ANYTHING!

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Step 1: Materials

I used:

-An old lightbulb. Best if burned out, but if its going to just sit and collect dust thats fine too.

-Epoxy. Best glue ever!

-7/16" socket. Holds the bulb on

-Some rubber part from my bike.

-Thing that goes between shower head and tiles

-Small plastic cup

-Soil



Tools:

-Pliers

-File

-Compressor

-Drill, drill bit

Step 2: Prepare the Lightbulb

Start by using pliers to pull the bottom contact off of the lightbulb.
Next use the file to break out the glass between the two contacts.
Break out the glass on the inside and use the file to smooth the edges.
Clean the white powder out of the lightbulb. You can do this with a rag, water or a compressor (not recommended).

Step 3: Prepare the Base

Using a drill (press) widen the hole in the bottom of the socket.
Use pliers to widen the hole in the bottom of the lightbulb until the socket fits snugly.
Epoxy the socket to the rubber piece. Let it dry for at least twenty minutes.
Epoxy that to the shower part. Let it dry for another twenty minutes.

Step 4: Add a Plant or Plant Seeds

This step is self explanatory. Either add a plant or seeds.

Step 5: Use It

Now all you have to do is fill the cup with soil and seeds (or small plants), put the base on it, then put the lightbulb over it.
Place it in a well lit window sill and occasionally water it

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If you decide to make it please post pictures below.
Thanks!

First Prize in the
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Finalist in the
Discover Green Science Fair for a Better Planet

1 Person Made This Project!

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318 Discussions

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ruby6680
ruby6680

3 years ago

how do you water it

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Yonatan24
Yonatan24

4 years ago

Not sure if you know, You need some air holes.
Plants need to breath too

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lane29
lane29

6 years ago

This should be tried with a big bulb like used in street lamps

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Mariska Botha

Looks easy enough, might need some help with the bulb but will be making a whole bulb army of "green" houses...

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MAApleton
MAApleton

6 years ago on Introduction

I love this idea, thank you, will definitely try this one, and following the comments below, take much care not to brake my bulb.

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unshaven joe
unshaven joe

9 years ago on Step 2

When I made mine, I accidentally broke the little glass tube, and it shot off into the depths of my garage.

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awesomecreations
awesomecreations

Reply 7 years ago on Step 2

I also just attempted to break the middle-glass out of an old bulb but the bottom of the bulb also cracked.

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manimpz
manimpz

Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

Pretty Steampunk. I want one of those!

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Peanut123
Peanut123

Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

 that is an awesome greenhouse! make an instructables

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ogama8
ogama8

Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

WOW!!! Nice job on the steampunk look!

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diazsinger
diazsinger

Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

Wow that is very cool looking... Reminds me of something you'd find in an old antique store.

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dutchypoodle
dutchypoodle

Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

I'm sure she was pleased as punch to accept such a one-of-a-kind gift! This plant's got STYLE. LinuxH4x0R, it's a bright green idea. Certainly made me smile, anyway.